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Google Messages May Finally Be Adding End-To-End Encryption For RCS

According to 9to5 Google, Google might be adding end-to-end encryption for RCS as an attempt to update Google messages. RCS abbreviates Rich Communication Services and is the successor to SMS messaging. RCS follows the same rituals as other messaging apps but it doesn’t follow through end-to-end encryption like Signal and iMessage. In 2018, Google had unmasked RCS chat as Android’s principle texting platform and by November, it had rolled out to its users in the US. Not enough information is available to understand whether the sender and recipient of the text messages would need the app to acquire the end-to-end encryption or not. However, the codes do suggest that there might be an option available that could permit the users to decide for themselves. Thus, they can choose which app can or cannot access the encrypted messages. It seems like things are still floating at the surface as Google hasn’t announced when the end-to-end encryption feature will be shipped off. However, the option will likely be available to all users as the company has reassured that it’s working on it.

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Airpods Pro Cases Are Being Assembled in Vietnam Now

A Twitter user revealed that the Airpods Pro cases are now being assembled in Vietnam and MacRumors was the first company to report this. One member of The Verge hinted that the company might decrease its dependence on China for the manufacturing of Airpods. Usually, AirPods Pro units have a message on the back of the case that indicates that they were assembled in China. The new case looks like this: Source: The Verge A lot of Apple products are made in China but the company is now expanding its horizons. This could be because of the coronavirus pandemic but we believe that the main reason behind it is the ongoing trade war between the US and China that made tariffs on some Apple products necessary, putting immense pressure on CEO Tim Cook. In 2017, Apple also started its manufacturing in India. As of now, we are not sure about the percentage of AirPods Pro designs being made in Vietnam or if Apple even plans to invest more in the country. However, on Tuesday The Information stated that the company is definitely going to use factories in Vietnam to come up with a new pair of headphones but Apple has not commented on the subject yet.

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Musk is Planning to Increase the Price of Auto Pilot Cars

of Tesla, Elon Musk announced on Twitter this week that he would be increasing the price of the latest Full Self Driving version of its Autopilot driver assistance package by almost $1000. The price would be regulated from July 1st and Tesla might think about increasing it even further as we get close to the month. Even though the name mentions self-driving, the truth couldn’t be farther from it. Tesla has not yet released any model that can drive itself without any sort of human assistance. Autopilot cars, however, do give customers access to a series of incremental improvements to Autopilot. So, Musk believes he should cash this feature as much as he can because the price of $7000 does not do justice to the invention. He said that the company will release the final price once the software is completed. “[The] price will continue to rise as the software gets closer to full self-driving capability with regulatory approval. At that point, the value of FSD is probably somewhere in excess of $100,000,” he tweeted Monday. Source: The Verge To common folks, this might seem like a lot for cars that are not even capable of driving without human intervention. The feature so far can only center a Tesla in a lane, around curves, and adjust the car’s speed based on the vehicle ahead. The software can also slow down the car at traffic lights and stop signs. However, if the road signs are faded or missing, the car would not be able to perform these functions efficiently. This is why the driver needs to be alert at all times and keep their hands on the steering wheel. Experiments suggest that when all the requirements set by Tesla are fulfilled, that is the road signs are clear and the street itself is not too crowded, then yes, it might feel like the car is driving itself. This is probably why Musk has so much confidence in his product and wants to increase the price. Elon Musk also has plans for a robotaxi. Now this is an interesting bit because Tesla aims to install a special feature in all of its cars. Basically, when the owners would not be using their vehicles, other people might be able to hail them like Taxis. Musk predicts that this will allow the owners to earn up to $30 000 per year and also generate revenue for Tesla itself. “[C]consumers will still be able to buy a Tesla, but the clearing price will rise significantly, as a fully autonomous car that can function as a robotaxi is several times more valuable than a non-autonomous car,” he said last year. It seems like Musk keeps coming up with strategies to ensure an efficient flow of cash in the company. In the past, he has been clear about his motives, and one of them certainly revolves around money. This suggests why he doesn't just want to earn money through owners but also ensure a cycle of further revenue that keeps increasing Tesla’s net worth.

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You Can Unlock iPhones While Wearing Face Masks Now

Apple has always been efficient with its features and yesterday, the company released iOS 13.5 with two new updates. This is directly linked to the coronavirus pandemic that is now forcing all the users around the world to wear masks in public spaces. However, unlocking a phone with Face ID while wearing the protective gear was getting a little too hectic so Apple announced that it would be rolling out some updates.The Verge ]Now, with Google and Apple’s joint effort involving the notification system, unlocking the iPhone has gotten much easier. Previously, if your face was covered and the software did not recognize you, it took a couple of seconds before the phone allowed you to enter the alternate passcode. In iOS 13, however, you would be able to do so by swiping once from the bottom of the screen as the option would be visible right away. his update also allows you to access all the applications developed by public health agencies that will notify you of the current situation of the virus, especially if you have been in contact with any infected or treated patient. With iOS 13, you can also turn off the feature in Group FaceTime calls that makes changes to the windows of the participants when they are speaking.

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Walmart is shutting down Jet after spending $3 billion on it in 2016

Jet.com, the online shopping site that was launched in 2016 to challenge Amazon, is finally shutting down. Let’s face it; Walmart tried, but it couldn’t beat its rival because Amazon is just that good. The reasoning behind this decision is “continued strength of the Walmart.com brand.” The company believes that the jet acquisition in 2016 was “critical to accelerating our omni strategy.” However, we are all aware of the poor numbers. Walmart lost approximately $2 billion last year with it’s online e-commerce operations. Hence, the company is regaining its focus and giving attention to the retail locations as that’s where Walmart has the edge over Amazon.  Since then, the company has observed a huge boost in online spending. Its e-commerce business is up to 74% compared to Q1 2019. The company explains there’s a spike in demand for grocery pickup and delivery services with the pandemic in order. You can’t erase the writing on the wall for Jet because, despite the huge investment, Walmart couldn’t match up to Amazon. So, what do we learn here? Well, optimize your strengths.

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Microsoft’s new PowerToys Run launcher for Windows 10 is now available to download

A new Spotlight-like launcher app for Windows 10 is being launched today by Microsoft. It is designed to replace and refurbish the existing Win +R shortcut. It has the ability to search for files and apps across Windows and plugins like a calculator. This update will support basic search tasks that are usually handled by the built-in Windows Start Menu. It will also perform the same commands as Run, but the latest update will be more powerful as Microsoft is now collaborating with an open-source community. Microsoft is collaborating with the makers of Wox and WindowWalker and ensuring the incorporation of these projects into PowerToys Run. The early version will probably feature some bugs. The new launcher will allow us to add custom web searches, snippets, and much more. The existing start-up menu of Microsoft handles search results from the web and directs you to Bing search results. Microsoft is also launching a keyboard Manager PowerToy today. This keyboard is simple and permits Windows 10 users to redefine keys on the keyboard. Hence, if the Keyboard Manager and PowerToys are running behind, you will now be able to remap the keys. The Keyboard Manager is available on GitHub distro of Microsoft. Originally, Microsoft reintroduced PowerToys last year and allowed everyone to improve their Windows 10 experience. It’s a quick way to put prototype features on the trail.

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